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Dream Punk is based in whimsy and psychedelia. Dream Punk media uses whimsical elements to talk about serious subjects, particularly mental health and substance use. It explores matters of the mindscape. Dream Punk stories may be set in a world similar to the present, but with some anachronistic elements thrown in or some impossible or not yet existing bits of technology.

Visual

Dream Punk media frequently has a sort of out of time or timeless style. While feeling out of time, it does, however, often borrow heavily from midcentury design elements. Dream Punk media often utilizes surrealist, psychedelic, and magical realism elements.

Fashion

  • Silver or holographic clothing
  • Thigh high socks
  • Smiley faces
  • Tie dye
  • Bell bottoms
  • Booty shorts
  • Crop tops
  • Chokers
  • Knee high socks
  • Butterfly hair clips
  • Pompom hair ties
  • Iridescent clothing
  • Butterflies

Media

TV Shows

  • Legion (2017-2019)
  • Umbrella Academy (2019-2020)
  • Doom Patrol (2019-2021)
  • Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
  • Maniac (2018)
  • Æon Flux (1991-1995)

Movies

  • Under the Silver Lake (2018)
  • Perfect Blue (1997)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Comic Books

  • Doom Patrol by Arnold Drake and Bob Haney (1963-1968)
  • The Invisibles by Grant Morrison (1994-2000)
  • The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon (2021)
  • The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way (2007-present)
  • Alice Ever After by Dan Panosian (2022-present)
  • The World of Edena by Jean "Mœbius" Giraud (1990)

Books

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
  • The Western Lands by William S. Burroughs (1987)

Music

Artists

  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Beatles
  • Elton John
  • Tame Impala
  • The Strokes
  • Grimes
  • Motion City Soundtrack
  • David Bowie
  • Unicole Unicron

Albums

  • High-Fi Joy by Unicole Unicron
  • Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
  • Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
  • Lonerism by Tame Impala
  • Darkbloom by Grimes
  • Even If It Kills Me by Motion City Soundtrack

Songs

  • 2000 Light Years From Home by The Rolling Stones
  • Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
  • Elephant by Tame Impala
  • Antonia by Motion City Soundtrack
  • Moonage Daydream by David Bowie

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